Evacuations ongoing due to ‘significant’ brush fire in Porters Lake, N.S.

Residents in the area of Porters Lake, N.S. are being asked to leave their homes Saturday as crews work to contain a large fire in the area.

At least 10 trucks from Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) have responded to the scene of the brush fire, which officials describe as being between the West Porters Lake Road and Highway 107.

Three aircraft from Nova Scotia’s department of lands and forestry are assisting as well.

Fire crews are attempting to contain the blaze but the fire is continuing to develop and move towards the Lawrencetown area.

Evacuations are underway on West Porter Lake Road to Marjorie Drive.

Nova Scotia RCMP says that if residents need to evacuate they will be notified directly.

Councillor David Hendsbee said an evacuation centre has been opened at the Lake Echo Community Centre for those who have been displaced.

The province’s department of transportation and infrastructure renewal have provided a list of other road closures.

They include Highway 107 between Exit 17 and Exit 20, West Porters Lake Road from Christopher Lane to Bellefontaine Road and Bellefontaine Road is closed at Route 207.

Officials are asking the public to avoid the area to allow crews and aircraft to do their work

A tweet from the HRFE’s official Twitter account calls the brush fire “significant”

Smoke from the fire can be seen from kilometres away.

There is currently a ban on open fires in the woods, or within 305 metres of woods, in the province until June 1, and on Friday the entire province had restrictions or burn bans in place.

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